have a chip on one's shoulder

Definition of have a chip on one's shoulder

informal
:to have an angry or unpleasant attitude or way of behaving caused by a belief that one has been treated unfairly in the past
  • He has had a chip on his shoulder ever since he didn't get the promotion he was expecting.

Word by Word Definitions

chip play
  1. : a small usually thin and flat piece (as of wood or stone) cut, struck, or flaked off

  2. : a small piece of food: such as

  3. : a small thin slice of food

  1. : to cut or hew with an edged tool

  2. : to cut or break (a small piece) from something

  3. : to cut or break a fragment from

shoulder play
  1. : the laterally projecting part of the human body formed of the bones and joints with their covering tissue by which the arm is connected with the trunk

  2. : the region of the body of nonhuman vertebrates that corresponds to the shoulder but is less projecting

  3. : the two shoulders and the upper part of the back

  1. : to push or thrust with or as if with the shoulder : jostle

  2. : to place or bear on the shoulder

  3. : to assume the burden or responsibility of


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